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Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: April 2003
ISBN: 0-373-03746-5
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Romance / Series
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Mary Lynn
Reviewer Notes:

Discovering Daisy
Harlequin Romances, No. 3746
By Betty Neels 

     In Discovery Daisy, Daisy Gillard works in her father's small antique's shop in an English village. While at a party with her current and totally unsuitable boyfriend, she has a brief conversation with Jules der Huizma. After a break up with her boyfriend, she accompanies an antique silk screen to Holland, where she again encounters the handsome Dutchman.

     The two have several other unplanned meetings while she's in Holland and it doesn't take either very long to realize they are in love. Unfortunately for both Daisy and Jules, he's an honorable man. He's also engaged to another woman, who although she does not love him, has absolutely no intentions of releasing him from their engagement. Things seem dark and hopeless for the two would-be lovers.

     Discovering Daisy touched me as few of Betty Neels' novels ever have. Although I knew there would be a happy ending, I was so drawn into the romance that for the time I read it, it became my world. I found my eyes filling with tears on occasions. And because Discovering Daisy allows the reader into the hero's head more frequently than previous Neels' romances have, I could fully identify with Jules. During the dark times, I felt as if my heart would break right along with Daisy and Jules. I felt their despair and shared in their joy in each other.

     Although my collection of Betty Neels' romances only includes some seventy books, I have read nearly all her books. I've enjoyed some books more than others. Some (like a Star Looks Down, Cassandra By Chance, The Edge of Winter, Last April Fair, and Tangled Autumn) are keepers and I've reread them often, others I never reread. Discovering Daisy is definitely one I will reread many times in the years to come. If you want to read a love story that will tug at your heart while delighting and enchanting you, pick up a copy of Discovering Daisy and fall in love along with Daisy and Jules.

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